Our opinion: USM needs to keep impacting programs, not just money makers

Posted on October 07, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

Last week President Flanagan was appointed as a member of the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce, which he hopes will help in bringing in ideas of community engagement and closer professional relationships with businesses and companies in the region at large. Flanagan urged the attendees to invest in USM and realize that there is a […]

Our opinions: Admins need to talk to average USM students

Posted on September 29, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Uncategorized

Last week, Dean Joy Pufhal emailed 18 student leaders and invited them to a meeting with President David Flanagan and Provost Joseph McDonnell to discuss the criteria for potential upcoming program eliminations and faculty retrenchments, but only five students attended. We hope the administration does not consider five students adequate student input on the issues […]

Our opinion: The USM student body deserves a more dedicated senate

Posted on September 22, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

The attendance and involvement issue that has plagued the Student Senate has, hopefully, reached it’s highest points. At last week’s senate meeting, four senators were absent, the senate was unable to make qurom to begin their meeting and important discussions were pushed to next week for the sake of saving time. Two senators also defaulted […]

Our opinion: Administrators and BoT need to listen to USM concerns

Posted on September 13, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion

The atmosphere at USM is tense, and both the administration and board of trustees should seriously consider moving the September BoT meeting back to USM where it was originally scheduled. Times are tough here and we all know that there will be cuts, eliminations and retrenchments this year. Students will lose professors, professors will lose […]

Our Opinion: Paging Provost Stevenson

Posted on April 21, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

The ghost in the machine at USM has a name, and I think we all know what it is. Provost Stevenson has always been pretty ghostly, but since President Kalikow backpedaled on his least popular decision without bothering to let him know ahead of time, he’s been downright incorporeal –– we have a heck of […]

Our Opinion: USM has cause to celebrate for now …

Posted on April 14, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion

Certainly there’s a reason to celebrate at USM since last Friday, but let’s not forget about the fine print: student protesters and faculty may have won the battle, but they haven’t won the war yet. President Kalikow’s surprise announcement that she’s cancelling all of the faculty retrenchments she announced last month (except for faculty associated […]

Our Opinion: Vote Erin Carlson for student body president

Posted on March 19, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

The polls are open for the student elections for another day of voting, and it’s not too late to cast your ballot in favor of candidate Erin Carlson. Events this year have shown that USM’s student body president needs to be more committed and involved than ever as students face a transforming university, endless budget […]

Our Opinion: Boosting involvement a two-way street

Posted on March 10, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

Student elections are right around the corner, and you may be thinking to yourself, “So what?” The majority of senate seats are going to be uncontested, voting on the referendum questions doesn’t necessarily mean anything will come of them and with only a week until polls open, we’re not entirely sure what specific issues any […]

Our Opinion: Students need to speak up on university issues

Posted on March 03, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

With the budget deficit, there are going to be changes at USM, whether we’re a part of them or not. The work of the Direction Package Advisory Board is officially finished, and plans are being made to put their work into action. Over the next few weeks, serious decisions will be made that will affect […]

Our Opinion: Make USM a metropolitan university and succeed

Posted on February 24, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

At the Direction Package Advisory Board meeting last Friday, there was a lot of discussion around turning USM into a metropolitan university. Ideas were tossed around involving ties with local businesses, independent research projects in the community and the concept of using the city itself as a sort of lab. And, boy, are we excited. […]